Mary Rinne, 98, of Pawnee City

October 11, 1919 - February 6, 2018

Mary Theresa (Vrtiska) Rinne, 98, of Pawnee City, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. She was born on October 11, 1919 on a farm east of Steinauer to Anton and Emma (Obrist) Vrtiska.

She attended St. Anthony’s grade school and Steinauer High School, graduating in 1937. During High School and after graduation she worked at a grocery store in Steinauer. She also was a bookkeeper for the store.

She was united in marriage to Norman Rinne on November 28, 1940 at St. Anthony’s chapel. To this union 5 children were born, Donald, Russell, John “Jack”, William “Bill” and Rosemary. The family lived on a farm southwest of Steinauer the rest of their lives. She was a homemaker.

In 1957 she was employed at the Beatrice State Developmental Center as a supervisor of staff, where she retired in 1983.

Mary was a member of the choir from elementary school until her marriage and active in C.Y.O and served as president for many years. After her marriage she became a member of Sacred Heart Church at Burchard. She was a member of Holy Rosary Altar Society, D.C.C.W. Auxiliary, member of the Pink Sisters and honorary member of Fraternal
Order of Eagles. She was a member of the Steinauer Women’s Club for many years. Mary served as a member of the Ground Observers Corp, in the early 1950’s. She and Norman visited family in Arizona, Nevada and the Boston area many times. She enjoyed following the school and sports activities of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mary entered Premier Estates Nursing Home in Pawnee City in August 2013.

Mary loved dancing and music and had many friends. A very special friend in the later years of her life was Helen Gyhra.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Emma Vrtiska, husband, Norman (1995), son William, sisters and brothers-in-law, Donata Pendergast (Jim), Madaline Matthews (Lloyd), Dorothy Gunzelman (Tex), Sr. Mary Walter (Peggy), Esther and Bill Schafer, Erna and Vernon Hoffman, Emeline and Bob Morrissey, brothers and sisters-in-law, Adrian (Leona) Vrtiska, John (Norma) Vrtiska, Charles Vrtiska and Tony (Pat)Vrtiska.

Mary is survived by her sons, Donald (JoAnne) Rinne of Beatrice, NE, Russell Rinne of Burchard, NE, John (Mary) Rinne of Flagstaff, AZ, daughter, Rosemary (Jay) Wischmeier of Burchard, NE, daughter-in-law, Janice Rinne of Boston, MA, sister and brother-in-law, Betty Bedea (Gary), sister-in-law, Clara Vrtiska, brother, William (Carol) Vrtiska, 12 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Services 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 10, 2018 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Steinauer, Nebraska. Officiating Father Michael Christensen. Visitation Friday, February 9, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Wherry Mortuary, Pawnee City, NE. Rosary: Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Steinauer, with family greeting friends one hour prior to the Rosary. Interment at 2:00 p.m. in the Evergreen Home Cemetery, Beatrice, Nebraska. Memorials to family choice. Online condolences may be left at

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